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    advice needed for newbie who needs bike

    hi, i was wondering if i could get some advice on getting a bike. i haven't had a bike in over 10 years and am thinking of getting one. i'm really not into the whole mountain bike thing so i was thinking more along the lines of a BMX type bike. the issue i have is that i am 6'5'' tall. can anyone recommend anything for someone who knows very little about bikes? like type, size, cost, etc? any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!

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    If you get anything nowadays that costs over $350 you're doing pretty well and won't be breaking/upgrading right off the bat. If you're 6'5" and used to mountain bikes, might I suggest a Giant STP 2 or Kona Scrap? You're probably going to feel cramped and never quite at home even on a 21.5" BMX frame. I've seen some guys rip it up on cruisers, too, so you can go that route. Unless you're in it for flatland (and one dude I know about your size busts flat on a 24" cruiser), those bikes are going to be more comfortable and your learning curve will be easier, coming from an MTB background.

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    What are you planning on doing with your new bike? You can't do tricks on cruisers very easily, but they're certainly more comfortable for really big guys.

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    i'm not really even into doing tricks and stuff, i just want a bike i can ride with, and maybe jump some curbs and stuff, you know? something simple. i was just wondering like, if i went into a bike shop, what should i ask to see in a BMX style bike, as far as size, or type, or whatever. are there different sizes, whats the biggest kind there is, etc.

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    A 24" cruiser is probably the bike for you. Look for things like 4130 chromoly frame (full CrMo, not just the seat tube or down tube), and 3-piece cranks. You can ask any good bike shop for these things and they'll at least know what you're talking about. Good luck!

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    Specialized makes, or made a steel cruiser. Both mine are aluminum, which is nice for race bikes, but not the best choice for occassional beatings.

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    Haro also makes the Nyquist 24. I was pretty impressed with what I saw for the price.

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    How much are cruisers in the US?

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    $400 or so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    How much are cruisers in the US?
    Thats why you have so many bikes. There cheap over an Australlia

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerLRY
    Thats why you have so many bikes. There cheap over an Australlia
    No, that's why I import stuff. They're ridiculously expensive over here. Most things are about double what they are in the US

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    Hi! I'm a 5'4" girl looking for my first BMX bike. Preferably one that's light and street ready... I'd prefer to buy a complete bike... nothing too fancy. Any suggestions and tips?

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    Yes, post a photo of yourself so we can better judge what size you'll need. Are you looking for a flatland bike?

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    Oh please say you're looking for a flatland bike. Flatland chicks are hot. All three of 'em.

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    Erin Donato... Kimix... and...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beerman
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    I'm hopelessly optimistic.

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    DK General Lee 24"...
    saw one at the trails about a week ago...the guy had no trouble doing x-ups and tables and some old school kickouts...


    plus you can add some other parts to it, (the guy had a tree sprocket and shadow seat etc.)

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    Yeah, flatland... It has to be light... I'm petite and I have to carry it up and down stairs, 'cause I use a train, more often than my car, for transportation. Any suggestions?

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    I'm hopelessly optimistic that someone will help me out?! You seem to know what you're talking about... any advice? Thanks!

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    Where's your photo? Get that ugly Hoffman that's just been reviewed in BMX Plus! It's crap green, but being a girl, you'll still be the envy of little boys everywhere.

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    where's your picture? crap green, huh? i'll have a look at it... you think it'll fit my needs, or will i just be the envy of lil' boys? thanks for the suggestion...

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    yeah, that's an ugly green what's your opinion on some of the other hoffman bikes?.... the rhythm? the condor? i'm thinking the rhythm EL2?

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    I can't believe all the little guys that claim to know everything are avoiding this thread. As far as Hoffman, I don't think they make a bad bike out of the bunch, so you can't go wrogn with anything under their label. I know more about racing, so I'm probably not the best source for advice on your style of riding. You probably don't want to see my photo either - I'm old.

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    not sure why they won't give me some advice..? oh well! maybe they feel threatened by a girl?! thanks for your advice though! I appreciate it! I'll keep posting and maybe someone out there will eventually give some suggestions! thanks again!

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    There's another thread about flatland bikes running around here, check out www.flatlandfuel.com and take a look at the DK Signal. They're also selling a couple reasonably priced models from Eastern (Eastern Bikes Flatland model 3 and 4). If you're small, you might benefit from more compact geometry and the Ares FL450 might be a better choice. People 'round here are saying avoid KHE 'cause of the jankified internal detangler thing.

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